August My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway!

by Janette Kausen August 05, 2018 395 Comments

Hello and welcome as we continue the countdown to the release of the August My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, August 6th at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. Today is the last day of sneak reveals. We are sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available tomorrow. Stay tuned for another peek at 11am PST! Now let's join Janette for a another look at this fantastic coffee and tea inspired kit.

Good morning, crafters! I am a coffee drinker. One cup, more cream than coffee, each morning gets me going. Let's be honest, life begins after coffee. Occasionally, I'll have a bit of a crafty bender and indulge in the evening too. Needless to say, I was super excited when I caught a glimpse of this kit!

There are a variety a cup styles included in the kit this month. I've used several, starting with the cup in the front, masking each as I stamped in a light Soft Vanilla Ink on watercolor paper, moving toward the back images.

I watercolored each background cup, along with the shadows, in Black Liquid Watercolor and the new add-on shade, Cocoa. The focal image was then watercolored in Dandelion and Pink. To achieve the look of the wispy background, liberally wet the area with clear water. Then load brush with full strength color, painting in the darkest areas. Let the color bloom into the wet area, untouched as much as possible, for the most organic look. Colors used here are Teal, Deep Ocean, and Indigo.

I also added a fun textural element by applying kit included Crystal Clear Lacquer. While wet I coated it with kit included White Puff Embossing Powder and heated it, just like I was embossing. The lacquer bubbles, the embossing powder melts, and we are left with a yummy whip! The lacquer will still be wet underneath. Allow to dry overnight. Stamp sentiment in Black, round a couple of corners and adhere to Black Folded Card.

Win a kit before you can buy it! Just leave a comment on this (and every) Countdown to Creativity post!  We'll randomly draw one lucky winner from all the comments left across all the countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, August 6th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern time. The more you comment, the more chances to win! Good luck!

Stay tuned for one more countdown to creativity post at 11am PST!

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100 Responses

Cathy Jordison
Cathy Jordison

August 05, 2018

WOW! Awesome card! LOVE the cream on top, looks so real. Great job. Thanks for sharing your time and talents. Can’t wait to get the kit.

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

August 05, 2018

Great card I love it. love the whip. Can’t wait for my kit to to get here

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

August 05, 2018

The coloring is fabulous. Amazing shading makes for
believeable table setting. thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

August 05, 2018

beautiful design… love that fun “whip” on your cup of coffee!

lorraine turner
lorraine turner

August 05, 2018

Before my illness, I was an avid coffee drinker I was never without a cup of black coffee in my hands. The children at my school where I was Head Teacher said they could smell me coming towards them with my coffee! LOL I can’t drink it now but have a sudden urge to drink tea instead, don’t ask me why but what is the chemotherapy doing to my body any how so why am I asking why I my taste buds have changed. I love these images though of Hero Arts Janette they are fabulous to water colour and create lots of different drinking projects. I know quite a lot of people who would appreciate coffee puns! TFS :O) XXX

Barbara Patrick
Barbara Patrick

August 05, 2018

One of my most favorite themes!

Beverly Jordan
Beverly Jordan

August 05, 2018

If that isn’t to die for!!! Yummy, especially the foam!! I’ve never heard of such!! Thank you for introducing this to me and I’ll hope for a video on how to do it exactly! Great job with the lovely watercolor as well!!! Your background is exquisite by the way!!!

Karen Lampe
Karen Lampe

August 05, 2018

That whipped cream looks great. Looks so realistic, as well as delicious .

Lisa Woodburn
Lisa Woodburn

August 05, 2018

Great Whipped Cream effect – can’t wait to try it

eileen bochsler
eileen bochsler

August 05, 2018

What a beautiful card!!! Thanks for sharing.

Janet
Janet

August 05, 2018

Prettiest card of the countdown, just love it!

Kristine Boydstun
Kristine Boydstun

August 05, 2018

This is a stunning card! Jus love the whipped cream on top!

Sarah T.
Sarah T.

August 05, 2018

Wow – love the foam effect. I’m going to be coming back to this post to work out how to repeat it.

Dawn Fields
Dawn Fields

August 05, 2018

I need this kit in my life! Janette has done an amazing job with it. Gorgeous card! Love the beautiful coloring and texture.

Vicki Blair
Vicki Blair

August 05, 2018

Great card.

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

August 05, 2018

Can’t wait to play with that embossing powder!

Jennifer Forster
Jennifer Forster

August 05, 2018

Wonderful!!! So fun – can’t wait to see more

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

August 05, 2018

I love your card so cool with the whip cream dimension. I love the background as well. Can’t wait to play with this kit.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

August 05, 2018

I love my coffee too—more cream than coffe, just like you! Lol!!! Love all the different coffee cups and more excited than ever to see the full release! And wow! The whipped cream on top looks so realistic! Thanks Hero Arts—you’re good!

Vikki Hein
Vikki Hein

August 05, 2018

Super water coloring and gotta love the foam

Sue SK
Sue SK

August 05, 2018

Wow! The whipped cream looks real. Good use of white embossing puff powder and crystal clear lacquer.

Marsha Segard
Marsha Segard

August 05, 2018

I love the textured aspect of this card. I love to feel the differences and I noticed that my friends trace out where there are textural changes and are taken to a different and pleasant place.

Shannon
Shannon

August 05, 2018

Love the dimension on the whipped cream!

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

August 05, 2018

this kit is going to be so much fun love the fluffy whipped cream

Karen Ba
Karen Ba

August 05, 2018

The white puff embossing powder looks fun to use. :)

Karen Ba
Karen Ba

August 05, 2018

The white puff embossing powder looks fun to use. :)

Cheyenne Feece
Cheyenne Feece

August 05, 2018

Oh my gosh, that whip is amazing!

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

August 05, 2018

Oh my I’m so excited for this kit it’s right up my alley. I can’t wait to share with my friends

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

August 05, 2018

I love this so much! The water colouring is beautiful and the froth is perfection. I think I want this kit!!

Alice
Alice

August 05, 2018

Delightfully yummy to look at . Thank you for the how to . Looking forward to creating my own yummy cards .

Maryann
Maryann

August 05, 2018

Great water coloring! Very impressed with your background, and love the pop of color!

Beverly Perdue
Beverly Perdue

August 05, 2018

Love the textured cream in the coffee cup! Nice touch!

Celeste Goff
Celeste Goff

August 05, 2018

This card is amazing Jeanette! Love the inking and the amazing whipped topping!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

August 05, 2018

That’s such a wonderful card !!

Di Brown
Di Brown

August 05, 2018

Wow, whipped cream just as I like it. Fantastic card, love the depth that you have achieved on the card. Thank you for sharing and for your inspiration.

BRENDA C WILKINSON
BRENDA C WILKINSON

August 05, 2018

This looks like a still life painting, it is simply stunning. That puffy embossing powder is very cool and perfect for whipped cream. Great card.

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett

August 05, 2018

what a great card Janette! Loving how realistic the White Puff EP looks on that coffee cup! Am definitely going to have to have some of that!

Suzanne Janicki
Suzanne Janicki

August 05, 2018

Lovin the whipped cream effect, my fav part of any coffee

Melanie Parnell
Melanie Parnell

August 05, 2018

I love coffee and tea themed cards. I can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Sarah Mix
Sarah Mix

August 05, 2018

Love the whipped cream detail! So cute!

Kristin D
Kristin D

August 05, 2018

Loving those tea cups!!!

Rita Childs
Rita Childs

August 05, 2018

now is that an Irish coffee or a hot chocolate?

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

August 05, 2018

Cute card! The puffy “foam” on top is the finishing touch!!

Trinity Knieriem
Trinity Knieriem

August 05, 2018

I really can’t wait to see this whole kit!!

Margaret
Margaret

August 05, 2018

What a great card. I love the whipped topping!

Julie
Julie

August 05, 2018

This is my absolute favorite. The watercoloring is beautiful.

Jewel Allen
Jewel Allen

August 05, 2018

Love the whoit embossing puff powder! 😃☕️

YVONNE STEIN
YVONNE STEIN

August 05, 2018

Love this set!

JmB
JmB

August 05, 2018

This card is so artistic. I love the design and that puffy embossing powder is just fun.

Erika Hayes
Erika Hayes

August 05, 2018

I am excited to get my hands on this one for sure!

Reva
Reva

August 05, 2018

Oh —just look at that whipped cream So much dimension-the entire card has dimension.

Sharyn Davis
Sharyn Davis

August 05, 2018

Love the puffy embossing on the focal point. There are so many possibilities for its use!

Judy Hernandez
Judy Hernandez

August 05, 2018

Love this card so much! Coffee is life! Can’t wait for this to be released. Love what you did with the set. You’ve convinced me to get my hands on the liquid watercolors asap and give it a try! :)

K. Eley
K. Eley

August 05, 2018

This has to be my favorite one from the sneak peaks! The whipped cream is absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try this!!!

Joanne
Joanne

August 05, 2018

Love it! The foam looks like pure magic and is absolutely perfect!!

Krystal S
Krystal S

August 05, 2018

Your card is fabulous! So classy and then the puffy embossing powder adds a unique, creative punch! Love it!

NCDonna
NCDonna

August 05, 2018

Love your use of the White Puff Embossing Powder! I had no idea such a thing existed!

Deb Hardy
Deb Hardy

August 05, 2018

Beautiful water coloring. Love the whipped cream. It looks so real!

Pamela Toriello
Pamela Toriello

August 05, 2018

LOVE this card….. the colors…… love how the front cup POPS! and of course the WHIP!!!

Marilynn Naunapper
Marilynn Naunapper

August 05, 2018

Love the design, I can think of many friends I could send this card to!
I love the artistic touch of color!
It’s a hit!

Terri Rizzo
Terri Rizzo

August 05, 2018

Love this card, really ready to make some coffee cards!

Kristina Hein
Kristina Hein

August 05, 2018

Your card is just so elegant Janette!

Geri S.
Geri S.

August 05, 2018

Love this card! And the puff embossing is yummy! Thanks for the great idea, now I can’t wait for my kit!

Peggy M
Peggy M

August 05, 2018

Lovely card & watercoloring!

Melisse McF
Melisse McF

August 05, 2018

Glad to see the cup variety – matches the assortment in my cupboard!

Donna J Billingsley
Donna J Billingsley

August 05, 2018

Love the card. It’s so simple it is stunning. Colors are beautiful! I can’t wait to receive this kit! Thanks for sharing Janette!

Zehra
Zehra

August 05, 2018

Beautiful card, love the coloring.

Sylvia Vicari
Sylvia Vicari

August 05, 2018

Love the Whipped Cream :)

Priscilla Joseph
Priscilla Joseph

August 05, 2018

The whip cream on top of that cup is nothing short of amazing!!!!!

Elicia Bianco
Elicia Bianco

August 05, 2018

All the mugs together. Haha I have them all but not together. Like!!!!! Can’t wait to see the whole ki.t

Heidi H
Heidi H

August 05, 2018

Love the soft watercolor and dimension. Looks to be a fun kit!

Cecilia Mohney
Cecilia Mohney

August 05, 2018

this is so beautiful! I love the added dimension of the foam and can think of many uses for this technique

Beverly COLEMAN
Beverly COLEMAN

August 05, 2018

This card is truly artful. I love the warm colors and I love the coffee foam. Sounds like a fun kit to have!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

August 05, 2018

How cool that lacquer is!
Lovely coloring on the
cute cups.
Carla from Utah

RuthJ
RuthJ

August 05, 2018

Absolutely yummy!

Patt H.
Patt H.

August 05, 2018

Love the soft colors on your pretty card & the yummy whipped cream!

Dgolly
Dgolly

August 05, 2018

What a great card. My morning mantra… coffee, coffee, coffee

eleanor
eleanor

August 05, 2018

I love my coffee, hot or cold, day or night. This card looks so realistic. I just love it.

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

August 05, 2018

Beautiful colours!!! It’s very yummy!!!

Jenine
Jenine

August 05, 2018

This card is beautiful! Just everything about it. I’m still trying to get the hand of water colors – mine tend to run everywhere and color unevenly – so I’m so jealous!

Debbie Selby
Debbie Selby

August 05, 2018

Just look at that whipped cream.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

August 05, 2018

Love that whipped cream. I adore coffee but this past week I’ve been drinking iced coffee because of 110 degree plus temps.

Charlotte Delay
Charlotte Delay

August 05, 2018

Great idea to put puffy embossing powder on top of the lacker for the cream! Very nice… I will have to try that…

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

August 05, 2018

What a pretty card! I love your watercoloring, and the fun texture of the whip :)

Elicia Bianco
Elicia Bianco

August 05, 2018

What a cute card. I’m anxiously waiting to see the whole kit

Veronica Barba
Veronica Barba

August 05, 2018

Coffee and cream, the perfect match!

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

August 05, 2018

This looks like my kind of card! I love a cup or two (or three) in the morning and throughout the day as well 😂😂

Debbie Winkler
Debbie Winkler

August 05, 2018

What an awesome kit and your card is Fantastical Beautiful!! The texture you add is great touch.

Mare Hepp
Mare Hepp

August 05, 2018

Love this card and the coloring is perfect. I would love to receive this…

KAREN CHESTER
KAREN CHESTER

August 05, 2018

How cute!!!! I guess just like people, coffee comes in all shapes and sizes. I love the puffy foam. Can’t wait for my kit to come to my door!!!!
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Lori D
Lori D

August 05, 2018

Awesome technique how you made the whipped cream with clear lacquer and white puff embossing powder! Thanks for sharing that technique with us.

Angela Griffin
Angela Griffin

August 05, 2018

Wow, this is new.and exciting to me, as I’m new to the world of card making.

Kathyp
Kathyp

August 05, 2018

That whipped cream is the best!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

August 05, 2018

LOVE the texture and coloring on this pretty card!

Darlene
Darlene

August 05, 2018

Your card is so realistic. That puff embossing powder is cool. We can personalize the cups for family members and club logos. Thanks a bunch.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

August 05, 2018

I love this card—the dreamy look, watercolor and wonderful setting/scene created! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

August 05, 2018

This card looks so beautiful with all those colors and also so yummy 😋

Linda W. (ScrappinBari)
Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

August 05, 2018

Beautiful watercolored array of cups, Janette! Especially love that one is colorful among the more neutral ones. Thanks for all the tips about the liquid ink and the embossing powder over lacquer!

Colleen Halpern
Colleen Halpern

August 05, 2018

Love all the different cups. But I really love the sentiment! Sure hope I win this set. Thanks for the chance to win.

Glenna Raidt
Glenna Raidt

August 05, 2018

Made me get up and get some coffee!